Knoxville man allegedly choked sister over money before hostage situation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A fight between siblings over money allegedly led to an hours-long hostage situation Tuesday in East Knoxville.

Officers with the Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene near Linden Avenue at North Chestnut around 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, according to officers on the scene.

When officers arrived, they said they found a female victim outside the residence, with the male suspect inside the residence.

According to the arrest report, the victim had red marks on her neck. She told officers that she had gotten into a verbal argument with her brother, later identified as 28-year-old Christopher Cornelison, over money she owed him.

Cornelison allegedly grabbed her by the throat during the argument and choked her until she passed out and fell to the floor. She told officers that she could hear her mother and siblings screaming at Cornelison to stop.

She said that she ran out the door once she regained consciousness. Police said when they attempted to speak with the suspect, he refused to cooperate. Cornelison's mother, aunt and uncle still were inside the house when police arrived at the scene, according to the arrest report.

Police said they attempted to talk to Cornelison for more than three hours until 3:46 p.m., when KPD's Special Operations Squad entered the house and he was taken into custody without incident.

KPD said no one inside the house was injured.

Cornelison was charged with one count of aggravated assault and domestic violence, and his bond was set at $35,000. He'll face this charge in court on March 22.